Rep. Good: ‘Nobody’s Going to Read’ the Build Back Better Act Before Voting

Megan Williams | September 30, 2021 | 4:49pm EDT
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House Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.)
House Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.)

(CNS News) -- When asked if he would read all 2,456 pages of the Build Back Better Act before voting on it, House Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) said, “Nobody’s going to read that bill before they vote on it.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, CNS News asked the congressman, “The Build Back Better Act the House Budget Committee approved is 2,465 pages long, will you read the entire bill before voting on it?”

Good responded, “Nobody’s going to read that bill before they vote on it, it’s ridiculous that we’re voting on it. I mean, we marked it up in committee on Saturday without having even seen it, we only had two days' notice before we marked it up.”

“I know enough about it to know there’s no way I’ll vote for it, so I’m certainly not going to spend the time to read 2,500 pages to confirm that I’m not voting for it,” he added.

The $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act was approved by the House Budget Committee on Saturday, Sept. 25. Committee chairman, Rep.John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), explained the purpose of the bill in a press release.

“The Build Back Better Act makes the transformative investments at the scale necessary to meet the needs of the American people,” Yarmuth said. “The job is not done until we deliver the Build Back Better Act to the Oval Office and get these investments to the American people.”

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent a letter to her Democratic colleagues in the House on Sept. 26, explaining their plans for the bill and the rest of the week.

“This week is a week of opportunity, as we work to keep government open, conclude negotiations on the Build Back Better Act and advance the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework,” Pelosi wrote.

Pelosi reportedly was trying to get a vote in today, Sept. 30, on Build Back Better but that did not happen. 

However, the Senate passed a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded through Dec. 3, and the House voted today to approve that resolution to avoid a government shutdown. Sept. 30 is the last day of the fiscal year.

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